Linguistics

Fall registration is open!

Link to 400-level course descriptions

Are you a transfer student? Click HERE

 

Linguistics major, Manda Baur, has been chosen as the winter 2019 College of Humanities and Social Sciences commencement speaker

Photo of Manda and friends

Baur, front, poses with friends on the beach. “They've helped me through a lot the past couple years,” Baur said. Photo courtesy of Manda Baur.

“Baur grew up in the Tri-Cities and graduated from Southridge High School and Columbia Basin College. At Western, Baur has studied linguistic discrimination, particularly oppression through language, and how language affects society. They also volunteered for Jeopardy, Western’s student literary magazine.” Read more about the winter commencement ceremony HERE.

 

Senior Karlly Palica and sophomore Sarah Bahzad set up a tripod and camera to interview passing students in Red Square on Thursday, March 7. Photo by WWU Visual Journalism student Roisin Cowan-Kuist

Senior Karlly Palica and sophomore Sarah Bahzad set up a tripod and camera to interview passing students in Red Square on Thursday, March 7. The pair conducted a study of accents in the Pacific Northwest for a project in their LING 402 / ENG 436 class. Photo by WWU Visual Journalism student Roisin Cowan-Kuist.

Two Western Linguistics Program Students Awarded Coveted Fulbright Scholarships

Congratulations to Maria José Palacios Figueroa and Kimberly Christensen

Read more about it HERE

Maria José Palacios Figueroa will graduate next month from WWU and then spend next year on a Fulbright to Brazil, teaching English to students who are studying to become English teachers. WWU photo/Rhys Logan

Maria José Palacios Figueroa

Photo of Kimberly Christensen

Kimberly Christensen

 

Western Washington Linguistics Program

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. There are many ways to pursue the study of language, and as in any scientific discipline, researchers have varied goals, distinct questions to pose, and different directions of research.  Some linguists study the grammar, or rule system, of language, and others are more interested in the social factors, such as gender, age, ethnicity and other variables, that influence how we use language. Still others study how languages change over time, how children acquire language, or how our brains process and produce language. Communication in today’s complex society requires knowledge of the workings of language in general and of specific languages as well as their interrelationship with their respective cultures. All Linguistics majors are expected to acquire knowledge of the workings of language at various levels and demonstrate data analysis and other methodological techniques used to study language. A student of linguistics will thereby significantly advance their understanding of linguistic and cultural diversity and will have the tools to work in and across disciplines to explore questions related to language, and to therefore understand and advance what it means to be human.

 

Quotes from Outstanding Grads. Email Sara Helms for text.


Mission Statement

Contact Information

Mailing Address

Linguistics Program

Western Washington University

516 High Street, MS 9097

Bellingham, WA 98225

Location: Miller Hall 223

Phone: 360-650-3918, Fax: 360-650-6110